This is the heart of Gascony and its delicious local produce is to be found everywhere: Armagnac, the wines of St Mont and Madiran, foie gras, Pyrenean cheeses, the list seemingly endless.
Hill top villages with churches from the 11th and 12th centuries offer commanding views of the gently rolling countryside, itself a visual feast. Orchids abound in springtime and sunflowers embellish the summer months. Wild boar, deer and a surprising variety of bird life are frequently sighted.The famous pilgrim route to Compostella, the Chemin de St Jacques passes close by.
International Jazz Festival Marciac and Winter Jazz weekends 10 minutes away.
There is a good choice of traditional family-run restaurants that offer excellent country cuisine at very reasonable prices.